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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
96
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759 Ratings
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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 825
Gots: 201 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vicious and viscous, this menacing brew pours opaque black with a creamy maduro-colored head. Its aroma offers seductive whiskey, chewy red wine, dark fruit and lavish tobacco. Berserker Imperial Stout invades your taste buds with in-your-face flavor. Weighing in at almost 13% alcohol by volume, Berserker is completely out-of-control. Give it a good fight. Berserker Imperial Stout was aged in both red wine and whiskey barrels.

Original release of Berserker was at 10.4%, subsequent vintages have gone upwards of 12.7%. When reviewing, please list beer vintage and that vintage's specific ABV.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005)
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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

BillRoth, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%

Much thanks to Ben for this one!

A: Pours a thick black with a dark tan head on top, decent retention forming a nice cap on tip. Moderate lacing.

S: This beer has a very nice aroma, some bourbon and roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and deep molasses. There is a little bit of smoke on the aroma as well.

T: Lots going on in the flavor profile here. Some chocolate and a bit of coffee upfront with a definite maple sweetness mixed in. There is a little bit of dark fruit, mostly raisin and cherry. Also a touch of smoke.

M: Full bodied, definitely on the thick side. Rather chewy.

O: A very solid beer from Midnight Sun. A beer I was happy to have split, not sure how much of it I could drink on my own.

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

Was lucky enough to pick up a bottle at Belmont Station last time out west.

The beer pours a viscuous, blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The head on this beer is a rich coffee color, which is typically the sign of an intensely flavored RIS. Likewise, the beer smells pretty good, with an aroma profile consisting of coffee, chocolate, molasses and prunes. Good as this beer smells, the flavor profile is flatout amazing. I get chocolate, coffee, molasses, maple syrup, dark fruits and some light licorise. Nothing is overdone in this moderately sweet RIS, and the restrained carbonation is perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is rich and plush in this lovely beer, and there's a mouthfilling consistency that is just wonderful. The beer has a long, drawn out finish, and drinkability is amazing. You can tell this is a big beer of course, but it's not at all boozy, and I was startled when I saw the 12.7% abv. on the label. Talk about a beer that carries its alcohol very well.

This is an exceptionally well made and delicious RIS. Yummy stuff!

Just recently had the 2012 vintage on tap during Bier Stein's anniversary celebration. I have upped my score accordingly, as the 2012 was a much better beer aromatically (incredible nose of milk duds, whiskey, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits), with a superior mouthfeel and a flvor profile at least as good as what I experienced back in 2009. IMHO, this beer is among the RIS elite (Kate, KBS, CBS, Aybss, Dark Lord, etc.), and is among the best made impy stouts on the planet. Just an incredibly fine beer...

John_M, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of billab914
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

2009 vintage poured into my Stone RIS glass. pours a thick pitch black with a modest dark mocha colored head. The head clung to the sides of the glass and laced nicely on the sides.

Aroma is bold with coffee, chocolate and molasses all coming through. It has some sweetness coming through as well in the form of maple and vanilla. Slight alcohol present as well. The combination of the molasses, maple syrup and oak aging really come together well making for a very nice smelling and complex aroma.

Taste hits you at first with a coffee, chocolaty, roasty and burnt malt flavor. The burntness of the malts and the coffee definitely come through more then most of the Imperial stouts I have had. It also has hints of dark fruit, wood, vanilla and a slight alcohol bite in the finish. Like the nose it's both complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy with low carbonation. I can't really say anything negative about the mouthfeel, I love the thick heavy imperial stouts. Drinkability is very good. It's pretty easy drinking for nearly 13% and the fact that it's delicious doesn't hurt either.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, it definitely set itself apart from most imperial stouts I have had so far. I wish this was easier to get, but I'm glad I got to try it.

billab914, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

sendbeer, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

'09 bottle that Buckeyeboy busted out recently... I also shared one with SAS too about the same time period... thanks homies.

Dark brown 2 finger head... viscous looking black brew... fantastic retention and lacing.

Nose is a long "sniffer"... takes a while to wrap my mind around the massive complex aromas.... nothing is overdone and everything including the barrels is well integrated. Deep dark malts with no char.. just dark chocolate and slight whaffs of vanilla and bourbon.. caramel/burnt sugar..

Flavor has a touch more actual "oak" than the nose and some dark cherry cordial plays well with the big stout notes.. bits of French Roast and something that I can only describe as brewers licorice .. plush body and a lite carbonation.

Very yummy... top shelf. Awesome that we've been getting these into Boise. Thanks to Jeremy, Steven, and Rick for helping me out.

4.5/5/4.5/4/4

JohnGalt1, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -8%

Zaphog, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +14.9%

PEIhop, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

2008 Vintage.Pours black with a two finger, brown, thick head. Retention is good, as is the lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Some oak is noticeable and the alcohol is apparent.

Flavor is very rich bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee. Also, boozy molasses and oak with mild whisky notes. The long finish is bitter chocolate, coffee, and lingering alcohol.

Berserker is full bodied with great carbonation. Mouth feel is creamy.

2005 Vintage consumed on 7/25/2009. Thanks a lot Stephen!

I'm boosting the nose and drinkability on this one by .5. The whisky is very pronounced and some time has done wonders for this beer. The vanilla and oak are also more apparent in the nose. This beer is fantastic and I'd drink the hell out of it.

HopHead84, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of rolltide8425
5/5  rDev +14.9%

rolltide8425, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -17.2%

No vintage on bottle, but purchased recently, so probably '13. 12.7 ABV. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color, with just the very thinnest cap of light brown head that dissipated instantly, thus leaving no lacing. No carbonation in the glass, or on subsequent pours.

The scent had a fair bit going on. Light base grains, the most faint hint of wood and bourbon, and several different sweet tones. There was also, as one might expect, a noticeable alcohol aspect. The barrel was a slight bit more noticeable on the tongue, the maple showed through on its own (unlike in the nose), and what I assume was molasses made for a fairly sweet taste. There was definitely an alcohol burn at the back, and some bourbon lingered for a minute.

The body was way too thin for what I look for in a big stout, pretty much porterish. Drinkability was good for such a big brew, but taking down a 22 by self was quite enough for one day, thank you. Overall, a pretty good take on the style, not really the thrill for me that it seems to be for a lot of people, but worth trying if you see it.

beertunes, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ShanePB, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, the beer pours jet black, like oil, with a slow formation of a dark tan surface coating of head that quickly recedes into a sparse coating in the shape of a Rorschach inkblot. This one looks like a hummingbird. Anyway, there is some carbonation action throughout the body, and the tan coloring makes it very visible. Aromas of molasses, maple, char, smoke, and chocolate. This smells like an early winter camping trip. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with chocolate and maple bursting forth like candy on the tongue. Cloyingly sweet, but a heavy coffee backbone provides the bitterness needed to balance everything out. Smoke and roast highlights round the edges throughout, and hints of cream and wood character provide some levity. The body is light, but still creamy and smooth, almost whipped. The aftertaste is more to the bitter side, with coffee, chocolate, and roast blending with some of the booze and wood characteristics. Slick, coating finish that leaves a subtle bitterness blend of coffee and chocolate. This is a great beer!

GarthDanielson, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottle opened on 9.10.12.
Thanks Wingshooter.

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one inch dark brown head with fine bubbles, good retention.

S - Sweet molasses, wood, bourbon.

T - Sweet, lots of bourbon, chocolate and oak.

D - Super thick, heavy body. Decent carbonation.

O - Sweet and boozy, thick and visious and lots of oak.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

tobelerone, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

TurdFurgison, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.35/5  rDev -23%

2012 vintage

#Infectiongate

appearance: served in an oversized snifter, jet black body, creamy mocha lace

smell: bourbon, tannin notes, rich fudge

taste: charred malt, fudge, smoke, light bourbon, soy sauce. I don't know if its the "infection" or what, but at $20, this is a huge dissapointment.

mouthfeel: a bit thin, lots of soy in the finish

overall: this is a Pass in the future

dirtylou, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Almost inky. Good sized mocha head. Collar of dark khaki foam as it settles.

Smell - Bourbon is nice but faint. Slight vinous characteristic. Oak and some dark fruits combining, probably, but it's a little more acidic than that. Lots of chocolate.

Taste - Nice chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate. Molasses. Bourbon is even fainter here. Bitter finish, seemingly from roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Extremely bitter, not what I expected. Masks a lot of flavor. Well carbonated.

Overall - The barrel seems weak to me, but the other flavors are good.

Alieniloquium, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

drummermattie02, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%

22oz bottle poured into large snifter - thanks to brystmar - 2012 bottle

Viscous opaque blackness in the glass with a bubbled dark brownie colored head resting on top. Thick collar of tanned retention with spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smoky and sweet in the nose, driven by a combination of maple syrup, chocolate cake and bourbon. Oak, dark fruit, coffee and vanilla bean with toffee and roasted dark malts. Warm and boozy.

Slick and sweet up front with bourbon warmth, cocoa powder and dark chocolate bark. Vanilla beans with caramel and toffee, layered on a maple syrup base. Oaky and warm with a thick, robust malt backbone. Touches of tobacco and red wine with roasted coffee beans. Multiple layers of flavor and malt continue to evolve while drinking, leading into a boozy and sweet finish.

Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and sticky on the tongue. I've tasted this a couple times before, but this was my first time enjoying the better part of a bottle and I couldn't be happier with this. Wonderfully deep and warm with plenty of rich bourbon and chocolate, finished off with sticky maple syrup and vanilla. I'd seek this out again in a second.

xnicknj, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours pitch black with a dark brown head; light lacing. Aroma of dark malts and molasses. Dark and roasted malts, molasses, chocolate. A rather stark flavor profile. Finishes with hops and bitter roasted malts. Medium bodied. Not as integrated as other RIS. I'll cellar a few to see if it improves.

LiquidAmber, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%

I had this at dld. Appearance is black, not much to note. The aroma is a little light some coffee, vanilla a little wood. Tasting it its very hard to tell it was barrel aged, there is a little wood to it but I think its muted by using of red wine barrels too. This is a good stout, not great, probably not worth searching out.

jrallen34, May 03, 2010
Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

chippo33, May 27, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev 0%

2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Poured ink black. Thick and viscous. A small layer of mocha coloured head formed and immediately reduced to a thin ring around the glass.

S - Huge cocoa aroma up front that gives way to a complex nose that includes roast, bourbon, vanilla, vinous fruit and char/ash. Sweet molasses is present as well. Big and bold nose. Can't specifically pick up the maple syrup.

T - Barrel qualities noticeable immediately up front: bourbon, oak and red wine. The base beer attributes come through mid-palate: roast, char, tobacco, dark fruit and espresso. The finish has a touch of sweetness with the molasses and maple syrup coming through. Overall, this beer is quite hot and full of big, bold flavours that come together very well. Definitely a sipper.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation.

O - This was quite an interesting beer. I am very interested to see what some age does to this since it was quite hot.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 08, 2012
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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